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Edaran Tan Chong sees poorer outlook

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 10:39 PM PDT

SUBANG JAYA: Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd expects poorer outlook for the first half of next year due to the floods in Thailand disrupting its carparts supply chain.

Although it does not import cars from the neighbouring country, the Nissan vehicle distributor gets carparts from Thai manufacturers to assemble here.

Executive director Datuk Dr Ang Bon Beng said that in view of the floods and global economic uncertainty, "the first half of next year will be very challenging."

"The (sales) momentum will be compromised and we may not get the numbers, but perhaps the second half will see improvements, depending on how Thailand addresses its flood problems," Ang told reporters after showcasing the new Livina X-Gear.

He said that currently there was no immediate negative impact from the floods as the company had two to three months of carparts supply on standby to keep operations going.

"Our business approach is to keep two to three months of stocks, but if the Thai disaster does not recover (during this period), a new situation will arise," Ang said, explaining that the Nissan recovery team was working on alternatives for the supply chain should the floods outlast the supply at hand.

"The recovery team is working closely with the Thai team to address the issue, and I am confident they can handle the situation efficiently," he said of the team that previously dealt with the Japan tsunami.

He added that the company could source carparts from other manufacturers in China, Japan or Indonesia.

Asked if a supply chain disruption will cause a hike in the price of carparts, Ang ruled out the possibility but added that it was too early to tell if there could be delays in delivering vehicles to customers.

He said the intended market share for Nissan remained at 5.7% with an expected 1% increase next year.

On the Malaysian Automotive Association's total industry volume forecast of 605,000 units this year, Ang believed that it was still achievable.

For the third quarter of 2011, the average of monthly TIV is 51, 000 units.

On another note, Ang said the company planned to make a "reasonable investment" for expansion, with at least 10 new showrooms in the next five years. There will also be a consolidation of smaller showrooms and upgrade of facilities to provide both sales and services to customers.

It will also introduce new vehicles in the segment it is currently under-represented.

"We don't have A-segment cars (yet), but I am confident we will be able to fill 95% of the segment in the coming five years," he said.

Edaran Tan Chong, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd, is the local sales and marketing arm for Nissan vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Livina X-Gear is the first completely-knocked-down B-segment (Toyota Vios and Honda City) crossover vehicle in Malaysia. It has received 1,500 bookings since its launch in early September.

Nissan's zero emission electric vehicle will enter the Malaysian market in the first quarter of next year.

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Outcome of EU meet to set direction

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 07:26 PM PDT

REVIEW: Bursa Malaysia started the week on solid ground, with the FBM Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (FBM KLCI) running up 9.54 points to 1,451.97, rebounding from the previous session's dip on bargain-hunting activity.

Market sentiment was bullish, aided by a strong performance in US markets overnight, where the Dow gained 166.36 points to 11,644.49 and crude oil prices up a hefty US$2.57 a barrel to US$86.80 amid rising hopes that the eurozone debt crisis would be contained, underpinned by an unexpected surge in US retail sales.

Adding to the upbeat mood, markets in the Asia-Pacific region advanced between 0.4% and 2% on optimism that China may have successfully reined in inflation.

Tracking the positive offshore tone, the local bourse crept up to achieve an intra-day high of 1.465.48 in late trade before trimming gains slightly to end at 1,465.35, firming 22.92 points in active volumes on Monday.

Sadly, the upward thrust, riding on a wave of euphoria built on optimism for a quick fix to eurozone debt crisis, lost its momentum the next day as a "less favourable" comment by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who said "they don't have a definitive solution yet", spooked global equities.

Overnight Wall Street led the reversal, slumping 247.49 points to 11,397.00. Elsewhere, Asian stocks plummeted between 1.55% and 4.23% on heavy liquidation pressure, exacerbated by signs that China's robust growth was moderating.

On the domestic front, the FBM KLCI drifted deeper into the red from the opening bell to a low of 1,433.97 before paring losses marginally in late session to settle at 1,439.94, falling 25.41 points on Tuesday. A day after the tumble, another news story emerged on the horizon and this time it was complimentary to the eurozone development.

Apparently, investors latched onto Britain's Guardian newspaper report of agreements to strengthen the eurozone rescue fund to bid up stocks aggressively, which helped the Dow to recoup some 180.05 points to 11,577.05 in overnight trade.

As expected, most Asian markets reacted accordingly and in line with the offshore advances, the local bourse rebounded 10.31 points to 1,450.25 on fresh bargain hunting in mid-week.

Thereafter, Bursa Malaysia continued to track the eurozone development and in line with overseas losses, the key index shed 9.07 points to 1,441.18 on Thursday and an extra 2.35 points to 1,438.83 in the absence of fresh leads yesterday.

Statistics: Week-on-week, the principal index shed 3.6 points, or 0.2% to 1,438.83 yesterday, compared with 1,442.43 on Oct 14.

Total turnover for the regular week stood at 7.391 billion shares worth RM6.584bil, versus 5.306 billion units valued at RM6.485bil a week ago.

Technical indicators: The oscillator per cent K and the oscillator per cent D of the daily slow-stochastic momentum index continued to weaken after flashing a short-term sell at the top on Oct 14. They ended at 40% and 53% respectively yesterday. Elsewhere, after peaking out at a reading of 78, the 14-day relative strength index drifted sideways with a mild downward bias to end at 58 points yesterday.

Although the daily moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) histogram retains the "buy" mode, maintaining the posture above the daily signal line, the upward momentum has decelerated.

In stark contrast, the weekly measurements sustained recovery, with the weekly slow-stochastic momentum index climbing higher and the weekly MACD showing a convergence pictogram.

Outlook: Bursa Malaysia slipped into consolidation after hitting a high of 1,465.48 on Monday, the best since Sept 9.

Based on the daily bar chart, the key index had violated the steep short-term ascending line during intra-week session. Theoretically, a breakdown usually does not bode well for the market, as it may indicate that the recent uptrend has concluded; going forward, the FBM KLCI would be in great danger of suffering more pullback on correction.

In the present scenario, the key index is still supported by the 14-day simple moving average, which is on the rise. Therefore, further observation is needed. Meanwhile, investors are advised to adopt a cautious stance pending a clearer picture to emerge.Technically, the falling slow-stochastic momentum index, weakening 14-day RSI and a slowdown in the uptrend on the daily MACD suggest the local bourse is likely to consolidate in the immediate term, unless there is a concrete solution to the eurozone debt problems from the European Leaders' summit this weekend.

Resistance is expected at 1,465.48 points, followed by the 1,480 points. The next upper hurdle is resting at the 100-day SMA of 1,500 points and the next, at the 200-day SMA of 1,514 points. A retreat below 1,420 points will drag the key index to the 1,400-point level. If that happens, the lower support floors of 1,380 points, 1,353 points, 1,340 points would be vulnerable.

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Treasury Pulse

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 07:25 PM PDT

Global Foreign Exchange Market

The euro (EUR) rallied near a one-month high against the US dollar (USD) after the G20 finance ministers and central bankers called for decisive measures to fight the eurozone debt problems.

Risk appetite heightened and world equities rose after the meeting on hopes for a concrete plan to resolve Europe's sovereign debt crisis. Focus now turns to the EU Summit on Oct 23 where an action plan will be presented to the G20 leaders' summit on Nov 3.

Market expectation that a grand rescue plan would be unveiled partly at the EU summit was dented by German comments to the contrary. Risk appetite remains in check after rating agency Moody's cut Spain's rating by two notches to A1 from Aa2 and assigned a negative outlook. This came just four days after S&P's downgrade and less than a month after Fitch's downgrade. As a result there was a sharp decline in the EUR/USD and a pullback from riskier currencies. The EUR ended the week 0.74% lower at 1.3770 levels.

The USD was bid as risk sentiment soured. The US dollar index jumped 0.45% to 76.90 levels. Markets also absorbed weakness in the form of Empire manufacturing data that came in below expectations at -8.48.

Mixed economic data from the US provided little inspiration. Headline CPI in the US unexpectedly rose to 3.9% year-on-year in September with core CPI unchanged at 2.0% year-on-year.

Over in the UK, the Bank of England (BOE) was placed in an even more difficult position after inflation came in way above its 2% target to 5.2% year-on-year in September.

The BOE minutes showed that the decision earlier this month to increase the bank's dormant asset purchase programme by 75bil received a unanimous vote from the MPC. Following the release, /USD fell, before ending the week almost unchanged at 1.5800.

USD/Japanese yen (JPY) rallied above 77.0 levels on talk of possible measures the Japanese might announce to weaken the JPY. However, the rally faded and USD/JPY retreated to close the week at 76.80. Australian dollar (AUD) continued to be dictated by price action in equities, resulting in AUD/USD plummeting 1.18% for the week.

Asian currencies retreated as the European debt crisis bolstered demand for USD and eroded appetite for emerging-market assets. The Bloomberg-JPMorgan Asia Dollar Index declined by 0.41% to 115.52. In tandem with regional currencies, the ringgit (MYR) slipped 1.13% against USD from the week's open to trade near 3.1580-levels.

In China, gross domestic product expanded at the slowest pace in nearly two years in Q3, adding to evidence the economy is heading towards a soft landing as government efforts to cool inflation slowly takes effect.

The GDP growth moderated to 9.1% in Q3 from 9.5% in Q2. China's inflation rose 6.1% year-on-year in September while PPI inflation decelerated by 0.8ppt to 6.5%.

The main focus remains on the EU summit this weekend. France and Germany have said no decisions would be adopted before a second meeting to be held by Wednesday (Oct 26) at the latest. We expect the final statement to be strong on headlines, but thin on details. Uncertainties surrounding the European debt crisis could weigh on currencies and stocks. As such, we expect USD/MYR to trade within the range of 3.1100 to 3.1700.

US Treasuries (UST) Market

During the week, UST curve flattened with 2-year yields rising by 0.28bps to 0.262% while the 10-year yield declined by 7.2bps to 2.175%.

Malaysian Bond Market

This week, trading in local govvies generally thinned with players staying on the sidelines, awaiting details of the reopening of the 10-year Malaysian governmenet securities (MGS) and September CPI data. At time of writing, September CPI has yet to be announced, with the Bloomberg consensus expecting a print of 3.3% year-on-year.

Meanwhile the issue size of the 10-year MGS reopening was announced at RM3bil, well within market expectations. Tender date for the mentioned bonds is scheduled for next Friday, Oct 28.

Benchmark MGS yields closed mostly higher during the week. At the shorter end, the 3, 5 and 7-year yields closed at 3.16% (+1 bp), 3.37% (+5 bps) and 3.58% (+1 bp). At the longer end, the 10-year yield closed 2 bps higher at 3.73%, the 15-year yield closed 5 bps lower at 3.98% while the 20-year MGS was not traded. Overall, RM7.1bil worth of trades were recorded in the MGS/GII market, with daily average trading volume of RM1.8bil compared with RM1.9bil in the previous week.

In the private debt securities (PDS) market, RM1.8bil trades were recorded with daily average trading volume of RM446mil, slightly lower than RM497mil in the previous week.

The GG/AAA and AA segments contributed 46% and 50% of trades respectively while the remaining came from the single-A segment.

In the GG/AAA segment, notable trades included Cagamas 10/17 which closed 3 bps lower at 3.75% with RM250mil done, and OCBC Ltd 3/13 with its yields edging 6 bps up to reach 3.81% with RM135mil done. Prasarana bonds maturing 2021-2029 closed 1-4 bps up at 4.00%-4.41% with RM120mil done in total.

In the AA segment, RM100mil trade was done on Hong Leong Bank 8/15 which ended 1 bp lower to 4.02%. Meanwhile RM98mil was reportedly done for Kencana 8/16, with yields easing 20 bps to reach 4.50%.

MYR Interest Rate Swap (IRS) Market

MYR IRS rates are relatively flat during the week after reports of disagreements emerged among member states of EU on the bailout fund. The drag on finalising the deal has added downward pressure on the rates market. The rates ended the week lower by 1~3 bps.

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Negri and Terengganu set up first Malaysia Cup final meeting in 90 years

Posted: 22 Oct 2011 03:58 PM PDT

PETALING JAYA: It is a Terengganu-Negri Sembilan final.

Both teams will meet for the first time in a final of the Malaysia Cup in 90 years.

Last night, Terengganu defeated Selangor 2-1 in the return-leg of the semi-finals at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu and advanced 4-1 on aggregate. In Paroi, Negri clinched their ticket after they edged T-Team 2-1 at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium. The Deer advanced 6-3 on aggregate.

It was massive celebrations in Kuala Terengganu and Paroi as the home fans came out in full force to lend moral support. Terengganu are now eager to lay their hands on the coveted Malaysia Cup after 10 long years (2001) while Negri will be trooping out for their third consecutive final at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.

In Kuala Terengganu, Abdul Manaf Mamat killed off Selangor's challenge after scoring an early goal in the 20th minute before Mohd Ashaari Shamsuddin rounded up the night with a brilliant half-volley strike from outside the box, which beat Selangor custodian G. Jeevanthan in the 72nd minute. Safiq Rahim scored the consolation goal for Selangor in the 88th minute

It was sheer frustration for the Red Giants as their quest for a 33rd title went up in smoke. Their season will end trophyless. But last night, they gave everything in the match but they simply could not breach the Terengganu defence marshalled by skipper Mazuki Yusof and in-form goalkeeper Mohd Sharbinee Allawee.

Selangor coach P. Maniam fielded all his attacking players – Mohd Fadli Saari, Rudie Ramli, Mohd Amirulhadi Zainal, Safiq Rahim and Mohd Shazwan Fitri – but there was no breakthrough.

It was a balanced first half with Selangor nearly going in front in the 10th minute through Fadli Saari but he was ruled offside. Terengganu then mounted their own attack with Ashaari coming close twice and Joseph Kallang Tie hitting the woodwork.

The home crowd had to wait until the 20th minute for a goal when Abdul Manaf side-stepped two Selangor defenders to score.

The Red Giants nearly equalised in the 25th minute but Terengganu custodian Mohd Sharbinee stopped Shazwan's close range shot.

Ashaari virtually sent Terengganu to the final by scoring the Turtles' second goal in the 72nd minute with a thunderous shot from the edge of the penalty box.

In Paroi, T-Team needed a three-clear goal victory margin to pip Negri to the final.

But all they could manage was a solitary goal through Mohd Fitri Omar in the 72nd minute but the goal failed to inspire the club side as Negri bounced back with two quick kills through Shahurain Abu Samah in the 75th minute and skipper Mohd Shukor Adan from a glancing header in the 85th minute.

There were more woes for T-Team when striker Mohd Haris Safwan Kamal was sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time.

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Chong Wei gets chance to turn the tables on Chinese ace

Posted: 22 Oct 2011 06:55 PM PDT

ODENSE: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is all pumped up to put China's Chen Long in his place when he takes on the youngster for the second time in a month in the final of the Denmark Open today.

The Malaysian suffered an agonising loss to Chen Long in the Japan Open final last month.

Chong Wei survived a strong assault by Peter-Gade Christensen before prevailing 21-19, 23-21 to check into an impressive 10th final of the year.

The Dane piled on pressure right from the start, staying close on the heels of Chong Wei and he even looked like forcing a decider after taking the lead twice – at 17-14 and 20-17 – in the second game.

But Chong Wei stood firm and refused to cave in.

An excellent dive by Chong Wei to save a deceptive cross court slice from Christensen at 21-21 proved to be the turning point as the Malaysian went on to wrap up the game.

The 29-year-old Chong Wei commended Christensen for pushing him to the limit.

"I've had easy matches against Peter in the past but not today. This is his last Denmark Open and the home crowd was really supporting him and he did well," said Chong Wei.

"I almost cracked under pressure – especially in the second game. I made some terrible mistakes but, fortunately, I managed to hang on." Chen Long, meanwhile, was impressive in overcoming a gritty Sho Sasaki of Japan 21-16, 21-7 in the other semi-final to reach his third straight final.

He had won the previous two finals – in the China Masters and Japan Open.

"Chen Long is looking quite confident after winning two titles in a row and he has done well to enter the final here," said Chong Wei. "I remember the close defeat at the Japan Open and I know what I need to do to beat him this time.

"Chen Long wants to make up for Lin Dan's early exit but I am equally determined to win my second Denmark Open title as well," added Chong Wei, whose first triumph here was in 2005.

The 22-year-old Chen Long, who has been playing well since his shock first round defeat at the World Championships in Wembley in August, said that "I am feeling confident but I do not want to talk too much about my rematch with Chong Wei".

"I am happy with the way I am playing. I am more skilful and confident now. I have nothing to say about my match against Chong Wei. Just wait and see what happens tomorrow (today)," Chen Long said.


Men's singles: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Chen Jin (Chn) 21-14, 21-18; Chen Long (Chn) w.o. Jan O Jorgensen (Den); Sho Sasaki (Jpn) bt Wong Wing Ki (Hkg) 15-21, 21-15, 21-7; Peter-Gade Christensen (Den) bt Viktor Axelsen (Den) 21-15, 22-24, 21-12.

Men's doubles: Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng (Chn) Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) 21-11, 21-11; Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung (Kor) bt Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan (Chn) 22-20, 21-18; Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) Cho Gun-woo-Kwon Yi-goo (Kor) 21-12, 21-18; Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) 15-21, 22-20, 21-19.

Women's singles: Wang Yihan (Chn) w.o. Jiang Yanjiao (Chn); Ratchanok Inthanon (Tha) bt Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe) 21-11, 21-13; Wang Shixian (Chn) bt Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 21-16, 21-18; Wang Xin (Chn) bt Li Xuerui (Chn) 21-13, 21-15.

Women's doubles: Ha Jung-eun-Kim Min-jung (Kor) D. Aroonkesorn-K. Voravichitchaikul (Tha) 21-15, 21-9. Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang (Chn) Anneke Feinya Agustin-Nitya Krishinda Maheswari 21-9, 21-14; Line Damkjaer Kruse-Marie Roepke (Den) bt Matsumo Misaki-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 21-12, 18-21, 21-15; Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) Lotte Jonathans-Paulien van Dooramalen (Ned) 21-7, 21-18.

Mixed doubles: Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Mohd Rijal-Debby Susanto (Ina) 21-11, 21-7; Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) V Diju-Jwala Gutta (Ind) 21-5, 21-7. Xu Chen-Ma Jin (Chn) bt Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) 21-11, 21-12; Lee Yong-dae-Ha Jung-eun (Kor) Shintaro Ikeda-Reiko Shiota (Jpn) 21-17, 21-10.


Men's singles: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Peter-Gade Christensen (Den) 21-19, 23-21; Chen Long (Chn) bt Sho Sasaki (Jpn) 21-16, 21-7. Men's doubles: Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung (Kor) bt Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) 21-12, 24-22; Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng (Chn) bt Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) 21-13, 21-18.

Women's singles: Wang Yihan (Chn) bt Inthanon Ratchanok (Tha) 21-14, 21-6; Wang Xin (Chn) bt Wang Shixian (Chn) 21-19, 21-10.

Women's doubles: Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Line Damkjaer Kruse-Marie Roepke (Den) 21-12, 21-5; Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Ha Jung-eun-Kim Min-jung (Kor) 21-8, 14-21, 21-16.

Mixed doubles: Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) bt Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) 21-12, 14-21, 22-20; Xu Chen-Ma Jin (Chn) bt Lee Yong-dae-Ha Jung-eun (Kor) 21-12, 24-22.

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Platt and Schneitter emerge winners in Langkawi

Posted: 22 Oct 2011 06:55 PM PDT

PETALING JAYA: The second edition of the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC) came to a close yesterday with Germany's Karl Platt and Switzerland's Nathalie Schneitter clinching overall victory in the men's elite and women's elite categories respectively.

Platt, of Team Bulls, finished second in yesterday's Stage 5 – a 12-lap cross country 19km criterium – but wins in Stage 2 and Stage 4 allowed him to take home a total of US$16,450, including US$15,000 as the overall winner.

South Africa's world No. 6 Burry Stander, of Team Specialised and who won Stage 5, was second overall, followed by Italy's Johnny Cattaneo of Full-Dyna-mix.

World No. 8 Schneitter, of Colnago Farbe Sudtirol, was un-questionably the queen of Langkawi when she won Stage 5, as well as the earlier Stages 1, 2 and 3.

Her splendid performance earned her a total of US$8,610, including US$7,000 as the women's elite top performer.

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Kajang to get two new Chinese schools: DPM

Posted: 22 Oct 2011 05:30 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Two new Chinese schools will be built each in Kajang Utama and Sungei Long while SRJKC Sg Chua in Kajang will have two new blocks.

This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin during his day-long visit to Selangor Saturday.

"This shows that Barisan Nasional is determined in matters concerning the development of education.

"We want our children to succeed regardless of race," he said in his speech during a visit to SJKC Sungai Chua.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, who was present, welcomed the announcement which residents had been waiting for.

He said it would cater to the increasing number of pupils in the area.

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Himpun calls for specific anti-apostasy laws

Posted: 22 Oct 2011 05:27 AM PDT

SHAH ALAM: Organisers of Himpun (Himpunan Sejuta Umat) have called for specific anti-apostasy laws to deal with cases of proselytisation of Muslims.

"We feel that the existing laws are not enough to curb apostasy.

"There have been proven cases of proselytisation, but we find it strange that no action has been taken," Himpun chairman Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid told reporters after a rally at Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.

He said Himpun has initiated a 10-point declaration meant to address the issue and hoped to submit the document to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by next week.

On the turnout of about 5,000 at the rally, Mohd Azmi said the gathering was a "landmark for the unity of Islam".

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Najib sends condolences on death of Crown Prince Sultan

Posted: 22 Oct 2011 05:26 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has conveyed his deepest condolences to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia on the demise of Prince Sultan Abdel-Aziz al-Saud.

The kingdom's First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and Aviation and Inspector-General died this morning (local time).

The Prime Minister in his condolence message to King Abdullah said the demise of the Crown Prince "is a great loss not only for the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but to the World of Islam which has lost a great leader. "

Najib said throughout Crown Prince Sultan's long and eventful life, he had answered the higher call of duty to serve his people and his country.

"And (he) earned the love and respect of his fellow countrymen and the Islamic Ummah for his integrity, simplicity, dedication and reform-mindedness," he added.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Your Majesty and the immediate family members and the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," he said. BERNAMA

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Zsa Zsa Gabor returns home from hospital

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 05:50 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters): Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor returned home from a hospital Friday after recovering from two stomach surgeries and suffering a bout of pneumonia.

The 94 year-old actress, who has suffered numerous health issues in recent years, was ''happy and smiling,'' her husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, told Reuters Friday.

''She's alert and she looks good,'' said von Anhalt, adding that Gabor was in much better health after nearly two weeks at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles,

The actress, whose right leg was amputated above the knee early this year, was hospitalized on Oct. 8 for surgery when complications arose with a feeding tube attached to her stomach. Gabor then caught pneumonia but recovered quickly.

Von Anhalt said he plans to celebrate with his wife at home this weekend.

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Movie fans get glimpse of Jolie's 'Blood and Honey'

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 05:47 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters): The promotional trailer for Angelina Jolie's film directoring debut, "In The Land of Blood and Honey," hit theaters on Friday, giving a glimpse of the movie about love and violence in war-torn Bosnia.

Juxtaposing romantic scenes with tense film footage of warfare, the film trailer outlines a love story between a Serbian man and a Bosnian-Muslim woman who are forced apart in the 1992 Bosnian conflicts. The words "Love can change what we want" and "War can change who we are" emerge near the end.

The movie sparked controversy in Bosnia in October one year ago when Jolie was shooting the film. The head of a group of female war victims objected to the movie because, she said, it was about a woman was falling in love with her enemy, and a government minister canceled a permit for the film shoot.

At the time, Jolie asked people to withhold judgment until the movie was finished and they could see the final version.

"There are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters and that will be revealed once the film is released," the Oscar-winning actress said last year.

The film is Jolie's debut in the director's seat for a script that she also penned. Newcomers Zana Marjanovic and Goran Kostic play the star-crossed lovers against a backdrop of guns and explosions. Jolie has said she opted to cast unknown Bosnian actors in order to tell the story authentically.

Jolie also opted to shoot scenes simultaneously in the English and Serbo-Croat languages, so that there will be two versions released of the film. "In The Land of Blood and Honey" is set for release in U.S. theaters on December 23.

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Mosquitoes take over ex- driving range

Posted: 22 Oct 2011 05:03 AM PDT

A former driving range in Pandan Perdana that has been demolished has become a mosquito breeding ground and there has been dengue cases reported in the area.

Pandan Perdana Residents Association chairman Lim Ah Chai said there were about 25 such holes and each was about 3m wide and a metre deep.

"The holes are where the pillars for the driving range used to be," he said.

Pandan Glades Rukun Tetangga chairman Terence Ee said dengue cases had been reported in the area and fogging was carried out twice earlier this month.

Ee said the driving range, netting and pillars were removed earlier this year after the company's contract ended.

"Teratai assemblyman Jenice Lee had engaged a recycling company to clear the area. However, they did not do a good job and left much of the debris behind," Ee said.

"She also organised a gotong-royong and asked the residents to help clean up the area on Oct 16," Ee said.

He said some lorries had been dumping rubbish at the spot.

"What has happened to the deposit from the driving range and businesses in the area? The money should have been used to clear the area as well as plant trees as this place is meant to be a green lung," he said.

Ee also wanted to know what had happened to the money made from recycling the steel pillars.

"State local government committee chairman Ronnie Liu and Lee came here on Aug 31 last year to support the development of a Chinese school but what has happened to it?" he asked.

Lee in a statement said the company which demolished structures should be blacklisted.

"The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) should charge a higher deposit for such a project next time so it can be used to clean up the site should the company fail to do a good job," she said.

Lee said she was disappointed with some residents who had a lot of criticism but did not help during the clean-up activity.

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After dark action as the bands play on

Posted: 22 Oct 2011 05:02 AM PDT

AS OCTOBER draws to a close, there's plenty of action to look forward to.

We are coming up to November already and, as the year draws to a close, the music continues to heat up the nights.


G-09, Lobby 3, Damansara Intan,

Petaling Jaya.

Tel: 03-7729 5970

If the address looks familiar, well, this is where VR1 used to be located. Under a new management now, the outlet continues to keep up a tradition of great music and a good night out. Currently, the soloists are enjoying a good outing here but watch this space as the outlet continues to grow and push the boundaries of music.

Mon: Colin Jansen

Wed: Vishnu

Fri: Ashik


Lot 10 & 11, Great Eastern Mall,

Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-4260 2288

If you're ever tired of Top 40 hits or old school rock'n'roll, then Alexis is probably the best place to check out. Jazz takes centre stage here, but only on Friday and Saturday.


132, Jalan Kasah,

Medan Damansara.

Tel: 03-2095 0122

The Mezze Lounge celebrates all things jazz with musical director, and one of Malaysia's foremost jazz pianists, Michael Veerapan planning plenty of surprises for fans. For more information, visit This week, Jasmine takes the stage. Watch out for next week's guest though, as Rozz is all set for a sultry, soulful set that will definitely be a treat for fans. Rozz performs on Oct 28 & 29.


B-G-17, Merchant Square,

Jalan Tropicana Selatan 1,

Petaling Jaya.

Tel: 03-7885 0305

It's back. Cock & Bull has been a bit quiet of late but now, there's been a relaunch and the outlet is ready to serve up more great music and food. Bongga-Bongga entertained at the re-launch in inimitable style and set the bar high. Every weekend, chill out with football mania when beer goes for only RM30 a jug.

Mon: Sherman Tan

Tues: Mizan

Thurs: Sharin Band

Fri: Big Band


27, Jln SS22/19,

Damansara Jaya, PJ.

Tel: 03-7731 3719

It has been open for the last six months but the music scene has just kicked in as the owners strive to give their customers the best. An English-themed pub with lots of great food on offer, with a particular focus on pork. A great place to chill out in the Atria area. On weekends, look out for their Roasts which offer some music in the afternoon, alongside some great food. For more information, find them on Facebook.


7, Lrg Utara B,

Petaling Jaya.

Tel: 03-7960 4150

The non-profit Rugby Club in the Klang Valley boasting a cool, comfortable and family oriented indoor and outdoor bar and restaurant-like ambience. Lively, energetic and friendly staff keep you feeling comfy all night long. Catch The Strollers in action every Friday from 8.30pm onwards with their mesmerising hits from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and even some modern tunes. Tomorrow, the outlet will be hosting a live screening of the Rugby World Cup finals so there will be plenty of mid-afternoon action for fans of the sport.


G02 & LG02-04, GTower,

199, Jln Tun Razak, KL.

Tel: 03-2164 4424

Another new kid on the block, this outlet in the heart of KL features some great live music to keep the crowd rolling in.

Tues & Thurs: The Martinis

Wed: Allan G solo

Fri: Allan G trio

Sat: United

Berlin Biergarten

J-01-04, Soho KL,

Solaris Mont Kiara,

Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-6203 0958

Experience a touch of Germany over in Mont Kiara with the Berlin Biergarten. Some great promotions on beer, especially German brews, and there's music from the WILD ROSES from Monday to Thursday. On Friday, PSYTRUS AND THE THIRD PARTY take the stage.


18-1, 1st Floor, Jalan Telawi 2,


Tel: 03-2287 3808

Every Wednesday, the La Bodega Lounge turns into a hotbed of music with a selection of great bands hitting the stage.


Terrace Level,

Up Town 2,

No 2, Jln SS21/37,

Damansara Uptown.

Tel: 03-7725 2288

Ovo is the latest addition to the bustling nightlife industry and promises a touch of something different for a night out. It's not just a nightspot but a full-fledged restaurant as well, with a wide selection of various cuisines to pick from. There's a great line-up of music to choose from next week. This is one of the hotspots in the Uptown area.

Tues: Constantly

Fri: Interface

Sat: Jumpstart

Sun: Constantly


C4.07, Lvl 4, Pavilion KL,

Jln Bukit Bintang, KL

Tel: 03-2163 0163

Looking for a place to chill out in the heart of the city? Well, the Rainforest is a good bet as it is right in the heart of the Bukit Bintang area. Now, there is more on offer with a mix of live music thrown in to the mix.

Thurs: Mark Renesh

Fri: Victor & Mark Renesh

Sat: Artstream


D.0G.04, Plaza Mont'Kiara,

No 2, Jalan Kiara, KL

Tel: 03-6201 1536

Vogue is one of the latest outlets in town to feature live music. Although primarily a dance outlet, the terrace outside serves up some great tunes every evening from 6pm onwards. Yes, this is one of the few places you can head to straight after work for a dose of good music.

Mon: Ashik

Tues: Allan G

Wed: Ashik

Thurs: Victor M

Fri: Colin Jansen


B-0-15, Megan Avenue 2,

12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KL

Tel: 03-2161 3010

For some great music in the heart of the city, be sure to drop by La Rambla, which also serves up some great food to go with the after-dark vibes. Right now, the outlet boasts a good collection of musicians.

Monday: Clifford Jay & Jason Noah

Tues: Charles Barnabas & Alya

Wed: Mizan

Thurs: Vishnu

Fri: Alphabeat

Sat: Ashik


G-13, Tropicana City Mall,

3, Jln SS20/27, PJ

Tel: 03-7710 6585

PJ's newest mall also boasts one of PJ's newest pubs that features live music. Pretty cool place to kick back and relax to the sounds of some great acts.


C5-1 & C6-1, Plaza Glomac,

Jalan SS7/19, Kelana Jaya, PJ.

Tel: 03-7885 9910

A great place to chill out in the heart of Kelana Jaya. Mandolin has been around for awhile but still continues to offer great tunes and great food for a good night out.

Mon: Michele Nunis & Friends

Tues: Heavy Machine

Wed: Small Stones

Thurs: Hydra

Fri: The Union

Sat: Deepavali Open House

Sun: Purple Haze and Broken Pieces Blues Band.


32, Jalan SS20/10,

Damansara Kim,

Petaling Jaya.

Tel: 03-7728 0532

It has been more than 20 years but the boys at Online show no signs of slowing down so be ready for a blast. Friendly owners and a friendly crowd all add up to a great night out when you party at Online. Tonight, there's a special treat as virtuoso guitarist and all-around bluesman Julian Mokthar goes electric with a few friends. For a blast of great blues and rock, check them out.

Mon: Sharin Band Trio

Tues: Acoustica

Wed: Clinton J

Thurs: Mizan

Fri: Raymond Lim

Sat: Zarsadias Brothers


70, Jalan 27/70A,

Desa Sri Hartamas, KL.

Tel: 03-2300 0528

Friday nights are the nights to get pumped up on some good old fashioned Irish pub grub, and, of course, listen to some great sounds with Acoustic Foreplay hitting the stage here. Do check them out the next time you're in the area.


1, Jalan Kia Peng,


Tel: 012-621 3811

The latest nightspot to hit the Kia Peng area, Neverland offers an interesting mix of live music and club DJs for a great mix of sounds. Tonight, check out some live vocals with MC Nara doubling up with DJ Tum. A lot of special on offer here, and there's plenty of party to boast of.


78, Jln Burhanuddin Helmi,

Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Still going strong with hefty doses of music, good drinks to help wash them down, and, of course, some great food from the kitchen.

Mon: Gerard (Small Stones)

Tues: Vishnu

Wed: Ashik

Thurs: Allan G

Fri: Revolution


D 37-01, Dataran 3 Two Square,

Jln 19/1, PJ.

Tel: 012-306 1769 (CJ)

A hotspot for some great partying in the heart of PJ with great bands and some good stuff from the kitchen. Tuesday quiz nights are also a hit with the crowd so check it out.

Tues: Quiz Night

Wed: Artstream with Suresh

Thurs: Zarzadias Brothers

Fri: Fine Mind with Annabelle

Sat: Revolusion


A8-G, Dataran Palma,

Jln Selaman 1/1, Ampang.

Tel: 03-4270 3686

Over in Ampang, D16 is carving a quiet niche for itself with some great music every night from 9pm onwards. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the house DJ entertains but from Wednesday onwards, it's a wild ride with plenty of musical action.

Wed: Heartbeat Band

Thurs: Nature Ground

Fri: Purple Haze

Sat: Julian Mokhtar trio

Sun: Gerard Anthony


26/28, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8,

Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-6201 0318

Mention Backyard and live music will definitely be one of the first things to come to mind. That and, of course, a good selection of food and a great venue to catch up on some live sports on the tube.

Mon: Mark Renesh

Wed: JAMFest 2011

Thurs: Albert, Badar, Azmi, Aj & Russell

Fri: Hydra

Sat: Big Band

Sun: Raymond Chia


First Floor,

Kelab Syabas,

Lorong Sultan, PJ.

This place is a Petaling Jaya institution and would be a familiar name to many. Every Sunday, join in for a great jam session with some of the scene's veteran acts with Five and Dime taking the stage from 10pm onwards and the floor is also open for anyone.

Mon: Hydra

Tues: Magnifico

Wed: Big Band

Thurs: Juanophobia

Fri: Bala

Sat: Magnifico

Sun: Jam Session with Five and Dime


Jalan Gasing,

Petaling Jaya.

Seven nights of live music? Who could ask for more, especially since this place caters to the retro crowd with bands playing some of the best sounds from the 60s, 70s, 80s and even the 90s. Bands like The Stroller's 2, Heavy Machine and Broken Pieces have all played here and do come back for regular repeat appearances.

Mon: Vernon & Fats

Wed: The Wow Factor

Thurs: Strollers 2

Fri: Zarsadias Brothers

Sat: Heavy Machine

Sun: Small Stones


346, Jalan S2 B8, Uptown Avenue,

Seremban 2

Tel: 06-601 5559

Get a dose of some great music down south with the latest nightspot to hit Seremban. You can also keep up with them on Facebook by searching for Cafe Sportivo Seremban. A great spot to chill out down south and well worth a trip down over the weekend.

Mon: Vishnu

Tues: Colin Jansen

Wed: Sharen

Thurs: Ashik

Fri: Sons of Adam

Sat: All Frenz

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Jackson doctor's attorneys challenge drug expert

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 05:44 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters): Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray on Friday challenged a top anesthesiology expert over assumptions he made in a courtroom demonstration on how Murray could have given Michael Jackson a deadly drug infusion.

The cross examination of Dr. Steven Shafer came a day after the expert prosecution witness gave damaging testimony against Murray at his involuntary manslaughter trial in Jackson's 2009 death from an overdose of the drug propofol and sedatives.

Shafer had set up an IV drip system in court to suggest the way in which Murray might have wrongfully infused the powerful anesthetic propofol into the singer. But defense attorneys on Friday disputed whether such a system was ever used.

"You certainly do consider that what you have claimed occurred in this case is an extraordinary claim?" Ed Chernoff, the lead defense attorney, asked Shafer on the witness stand.

"Not at all," Shafer said.

But Chernoff did manage to get Shafer to admit that investigators did not find in Jackson's bedroom a vented IV tube with a plastic spike such as the one Shafer used in his demonstration for jurors.

Shafer testified Murray still could have used one and easily balled up the tube and pocketed it before leaving Jackson's Los Angeles mansion.

Jurors have heard prior testimony that an IV pole, saline bags and propofol vials were among the items found in Jackson's bedroom and closet after he died on June 25, 2009.

Murray has admitted that on the day Jackson died he gave the singer a relatively small dose of 25 milligrams of propofol for sleep.

Defense attorneys are challenging the prosecution's argument that Murray could have administered as much as 40 times that amount of the drug afterward through an IV.

Defense attorneys have said Jackson might have given himself an extra, fatal dose of propofol when Murray was out of his bedroom.

Court proceedings on Friday also pointed to a looming duel between Shafer's testimony and what is expected to come from the defense's propofol expert, Dr. Paul White, who is scheduled to take the witness stand next week.

Shafer, a professor at Columbia University, said he considers White a friend, but those bonds of friendship appear to be tested by the Murray trial.

On Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor scolded White for a media report in which he was quoted as uttering the word "scumbag" in court after a prosecutor aided in Shafer's IV system demonstration on Thursday.

Pastor, who earlier imposed a gag order for lawyers and witnesses in the trial, told White he had no business making those kinds of comments, and set a Nov. 16 hearing for possible sanctions against the defense expert. "Dr. White knows better," Pastor said.

Murray, who has pleaded not guilty, faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison if convicted.

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No evidence of adulterated mutton

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 07:48 PM PDT

MALACCA: The state Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry's enforcement unit has refuted the allegation that some unscrupulous butchers and traders in Malacca are adulterating imported mutton with beef.

The unit's enforcement chief Jamil Buang said that officers had found no evidence of adulteration during checks at 14 main trading outlets including hypermarkets and wet markets throughout three districts in Malacca.

"The checks were conducted unannounced on the instructions of our minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob following allegations that such unscrupulous sales were purportedly rampant due to the rising cost of imported mutton," he said here recently.

He said the checks were conducted jointly with Malacca Veterinary Department and simultaneously covered Melaka Tengah, Jasin and Alor Gajah.

"Hindus consider cows to be sacred animals and consuming beef is considered sacrilege, hence, we acted on the allegations at once due to the sensitivity of the issue. Apart from the religious context, we also feel that it would not be right for consumers to be fleeced in such manner," he said.

Jamil said the checks will be conducted continuously until Depaavali is over and asked consumers to report such occurrences to his officers at once.

He said those found to have adulterated meat could face action under Trade Description Act 1972.

A trader at the Jasin wet market who requested anonymity said he has had a hard time convincing customers that imported mutton was pure ever since the allegations surfaced.

"I have to relentlessly convince them that the mutton sold at my stall is not mixed with other meat.

"Furthermore, Buddhists also refrain from consuming beef and if consumers stop eating mutton altogether for fear that it is adulterated then this will affect my sales," the trader said.

Consumer B.Raj Kumar Chanda, 42, said he supported the move to check on the purity of mutton.

"Not all traders or butchers sell adulterated meat, but the prompt action by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry will help to weed out unethical ones," he added.

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Johor cops nab 406 in crime operations in a week

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 07:49 PM PDT

JOHOR BARU: State police have detained 406 people suspected to be involved in various crimes in the past week.

Police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said they believed they had solved 18 cases in the state, and one each in Klang Valley and Penang following the arrests.

"The suspects were detained for crimes like vehicle theft, drug offences, vice and triad activities, gambling and commercial crime. Many of them are on the wanted list," he said, adding that those arrested were aged between 22 and 52.

DCP Mohd Mokhtar said police had also busted a robbery gang with the arrest of six people in Taman Ehsan Jaya, Taman Tampoi Indah and Taman Perling here recently.

"We received a report on Oct 9 from a man saying that he and his family had been robbed while shopping in Taman Universiti.

"Within 30 hours, we managed to nab the suspects and seized a shotgun, 10 bullets, nine knives, 14 handphones, a keris and various electronic products," he said, adding that those arrested — aged between 26 and 35 — would be remanded until Oct 18.

On another matter, DCP Mohd Mokhtar said three police stations in Johor Baru North and Johor Baru South would be roped into a joint patrol with the military to combat crime as part of the National Blue Ocean Strategy.

"The programme involves 24 policemen from Setia Indah, Pelangi Indah and Johor Jaya stations as well as 12 personnel from the Jalan Tebrau military police corp camp," he said.

He added that the patrol, which would begin in stages on Oct 15, would be carried out on foot, motorcycles and cars.

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Students among 21 detained over theft of bicycles

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 07:48 PM PDT

BESUT: Police rounded up 21 suspects, including 17 secondary school students, for investigation into the theft of 14 Fixie bicycles from a bicycle shop in Alor Lintang near here last week.

District police chief Supt Kamaruddin Mohd Zakaria said the students were detained after police arrested a 23-year-old unemployed man following a report lodged by the bicycle shop owner.

He said the students, aged between 13 and 16, were detained when they were found in possession of the allegedly stolen bicycles.

"However, 11 of them had been released on police bail," he added.

Kamaruddin said initial investigations found that the Fixie bicycles were sold to the students for RM150 and RM250 each. The actual price of the bicycle is between RM550 and RM660. – Bernama.

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